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Learning About Blindness and Low Vision


The terms blind and low vision refer to how much a person sees. Someone who is blind sees very little or not at all. Someone with low vision sees some, but not enough to recognize everything around them. Blindness and low vision refer to vision challenges that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. A person who is blind or has low vision may get around with the help of a cane, a guide dog, or a person guide. People who are blind or have low vision can do whatever they like to do; we learned about a person who runs marathons though he doesn’t see the track.  ~Understanding Disabilities teaches about low vision in second grade.


sea star bulletWe talked in class about things we can do to help a friend be more aware of what’s going on around them. Can you name three?

You can help a friend be more aware of what’s going on around them. You can use the person’s name so they know you are talking to them, tell them what is happening in other parts of the room, tell them when someone has entered the room or joined your group, move items that may be blocking their path, and ask if they’d like you to guide them in going to their next destination.